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Spanish & Portuguese
Luis T. González del Valle, Chair
Hiram Aldarondo, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Majors)
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides instruction in the languages, cultures and literatures of Spain, Spanish America and the Luso-Brazilian world. It also teaches specialized courses in Business, Legal and Medical Spanish, including their translation. Coursework at the undergraduate level in Spanish or Portuguese develops proficiency of the four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Opportunities are also available for the in-depth study of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian culture. Students may participate in special programs, including an intensive immersion program in Spanish and Latin American Studies; service learning and internships in areas of business, social service, and education in Philadelphia; and diverse programs abroad. Temple's computer language center, the Special Learning Environment for the Foreign Languages, is available to students of all proficiency levels.
Spanish and Portuguese organizations and activities include, for instance, the Scholarly Publications of the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies and the recognition of outstanding students as they are inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society. Moreover, the department faculty remains very active in research.
Graduates of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese find careers in a wide range of areas, including education, business, government, and social service.
Requirements for the Major (Minor, Certificate, Concentration)
Students selecting the Spanish major must achieve competence in Spanish language skills in conjunction with qualifications outlined in Major Options I, II, or III listed below. Spanish 3096 (the capstone course) is a requirement of all majors and a prerequisite for all 4000-level courses. Spanish 2096 (Composition & Conversation), or permission of instructor, is a prerequisite for most upper-level courses. All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.
This option is designed for students who wish to develop advanced language skills in the study of (1) Latin American Literature, (2) Peninsular Literature, and/or (3) Linguistics. A total of 10 courses is required.
This option is designed for students who wish to develop language and professional skills as well as an awareness of Hispanic culture. A total of ten courses is required.
This option includes the Spanish-language courses required for certification in Spanish for Secondary Education in the College of Education at Temple and satisfies the requirements for the Spanish major in the College of Liberal Arts. A total of 10 courses is required.
Distinction in Major
Distinction in Spanish is awarded to majors who graduate with a 3.75 in their Spanish courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.25.
A total of six courses is required.
The department offers a 54-hour program leading to a B.A. degree with an additional specialization in Multilingual Business and Government Studies. The program is designed for students who plan careers as interpreters and translators, employment in government agencies, or a career in business with firms that have import/export activities in Latin America. It consists of courses in the Spanish language, Business Spanish, Translation Skills, Business Administration and Economics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies.
The program is open to all students, applicants need not be Spanish majors, and no background in business subjects is required. While these courses are normally taken within the 123 hours required for the B.A. degree in the College of Liberal Arts, the program is open to students in all colleges of the university. Students from most colleges who have the proper background can usually complete the program with careful schedule planning and use of electives.
A maximum of 20 hours of transfer equivalency will be accepted. Students interested in the program should contact the Director of the Multilingual Business and Government Studies Program in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, Fourth Floor, Anderson Hall (215-204-1707).
A Certificate of Specialization in Spanish is also available. The certificate requires completion of six courses, beginning with Basic Spanish and advancing to more specialized study of Spanish designed to enhance career opportunities in business, communication, government, and social service. See your advisor or contact the department for more information.
This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to allow Temple students in business-related programs to develop skills and knowledge in two complementary areas so that they may compete more successfully in this growing job market.
Course Requirements for the Business Certificate:
* Spanish 1076 and 2076 count as two courses; each is 9 s.h., taught in connection with Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), an immersion program offered every spring.
** LASS is an integration of several courses totaling 17 s.h. 9 credits are assigned to language instruction, 6 credits to culture and society, taught under LAS 2101, and 2 credits for the LASS Seminar. All instruction in LASS is in Spanish.
Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions
The combination of courses in this certificate program is designed to make participants especially qualified to provide health and human services to members of the Latino community.
Course Requirements for the Health and Human Services Certificate:
*Spanish 1076 and 2076 count as two courses; each is 9 s.h. and taught in connection with Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), an immersion program offered every spring.
**LASS is an integration of several courses totaling 17 s.h. 9 credits are assigned to language instruction, 6 credits to culture and society, taught under LAS 2101, and 2 credits for the LASS Seminar. All instruction in LASS is in Spanish.
Each spring semester, the Spanish and Portuguese Department, in conjunction with the Latin American Studies Center, offers a 17-credit-hour immersion program in Latin American Studies and Spanish. The program (LASS) combines 9 hours of intensive Spanish with 6 hours of study focusing on geography, history, and culture in Latin America, and 2 hours of the LASS Seminar, and includes a two-week trip to Mexico. Successful completion of the program is awarded with a certificate of participation. Applications for LASS are received during October and November for the following spring. For information, contact the Director of Latin American Studies (215-204-7527) or the chair of Spanish and Portuguese Department (215-204-8285). Also, visit the Latin American Studies page in this Bulletin.
Spring in Spain Program (New in 2008)
The Temple Semester in Spain Program takes place over the spring semester in Oviedo, Spain. The 15-credit program combines coursework with faculty from the International Program at the University of Oviedo and a Temple faculty member, who directs the program. All courses are pre-approved for Temple University credit. Courses focus on aspects of Spanish language, Spanish culture, and Spanish literature. The program develops Spanish skills over a semester of intensive study in a Spanish-speaking environment; it also provides the opportunity to complete a number of Spanish courses that may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Temple Minor or Major in Spanish. It includes an initial orientation week in Madrid. In Oviedo, lodging and meals are with Spanish families. For information, contact the Office of International Programs or Dr. Jaime Duran (email@example.com), the Program Director, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Summer Abroad in Spain: Spanish Language and Culture
Temple University's summer program in Oviedo, Spain, provides students with the opportunity to learn the Spanish language while being immersed in that country's unique and diverse culture. The duration of the program is five weeks; students may enroll for a total of 6 credits. For further information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Office of International Programs.
Summer Abroad in Brazil: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture
Temple University offers a six-week summer program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; students may enroll for a total of 6 credits. The program offers Portuguese language studied both at the elementary and more advanced levels. It also offers an intensive examination of culture in the state of Bahia; this aspect of the program focuses on history, politics, music, and dance, and it spotlights African origins and Afro-Brazilian influences on regional culture. For further information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Office of International Programs.
Junior Year and/or Summer School Abroad
Students declaring a concentration in the department may, under certain conditions, spend their junior year studying abroad. Application for permission to study abroad may be made during the second semester of the sophomore year. Only well-qualified students may be granted credit from Temple University after submitting proper credentials for established foreign study programs at institutions approved by the department. Students interested in a junior year abroad, or a summer school abroad, should discuss their plans early with their faculty advisor and the chair of the department.
Service Learning and Internships
Students of Spanish and Portuguese may participate in courses providing service learning opportunities through project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) as a part of their coursework. For students of Business Spanish, service learning opportunities are available through the Small Business Development Center at Temple. Spanish majors are encouraged to participate in a Spanish internship combining study and work opportunities in a variety of contexts in the Philadelphia area.
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